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Grateful Dead Live at Davis Gym, Bucknell University on 1971-04-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Davis Gym, Bucknell University on 1971-04-14

Topics Live concert

Hard To Handle, Second That Emotion, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Playin' In The Band, Greatest Story Ever Told The Other One-> Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> Me And Bobby McGee

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Davis Gym, Bucknell University
Location Lewisburg, PA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MR > DAT > CDR
Transferred by Paul Bottiglio and Mike Lai


several spots of irreparable reel static.


Reviewer: Smerdyakov - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2017
Subject: Pure Distilled Dead
The jamming here is tight and precise. Its hard to single out any one tune for praise, they're all great versions. The Hard to Handle influenced China> Rider is quite tasty. A great under the radar show that always puts a smile on my face.
Reviewer: kneadles1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2014
Subject: Static, Schmatic....This show rocks!!!
If you criticize this show, and the quality of the sound......

I just don't get it.

These shows are up for our enjoyment and I really don't hear hardly anything wrong with it.

The energy of the show and the playing is sublime.

If this were indeed attended by a crowd of 300+, that's gotta be amazing in itself.
Reviewer: LD50Sunshine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2013
Subject: Bucknell 71
Smoke and lightning....all i can is hold on....anyone ever heard of vinyl...the background static at time is as raw as it gets.....this is live right? complaints here....this is one of my favorite can this music not make you want to dance?!?!
Reviewer: P.M. Kramer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2013
Subject: the other one
while others have commented on tape static, garica's playing on the other one is so strong that it makes the issue seem say this was a peak period for this band would a understatement.starting with port chester and going through denver of 1973 would and should go down as this bands greatest era
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2012
Subject: Some very good stuff on here,
all in all a standard '71 show.
Reviewer: theWOLFE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2012
Subject: This is one of the Greatest
Please read the full review on my blog, this is one of the best dead shows I have ever heard, and I have been listening on the archive daily for 6 or seven years.
Reviewer: dangeary - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2011
Subject: I was there
Listening to this really brings back memories. I was at this concert, didn't pay anything to get in. I had a beautiful girlfriend who didn't wear a bra to the concert which drew a lot of attention. Tkhe place was filled with smoke. All I can say is wow, 40 years ago!
Reviewer: Dead In Istanbul - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2011
Subject: Deadbase list
The list of this in Deadbase is pretty off. I guess it hasn't been updated in awhile. This looks and sounds like quite a good copy of this show. The band hit a lot of spots in '71. Because of the Dead, I probably know where dozens more universities are located than I normally would. Thanks boys!
Reviewer: crex2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2010
was here for the real thing in 71. what a time to remember. my first dead concert just 15 miles from my home. i was 17 and had a great time. the jams in the second set were mind-blowing! thanks for letting me to relive one of the best concert i ever saw. i ended up seeing the dead a couple more times at duke univ. and capitol center but this concert at bucknell was the best! sunshine daydreams forever!
Reviewer: el brew ho - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2009
Subject: can't wait
just found this, I was at the show, if this is half as good as my memories of the concert it will be absolutely friggin amazing! Form says rating is optional, but won't post without one so I rated the concert not the recording. I'll be back to r-rate it after enough listening time...

- el brew ho
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2008
Subject: Beggars can't be choosers.....DON'T PASS THIS SHOW UP you BOZO!.
The Soundman got the mix right on this one! GOOD JOB!!!

There are some minor level issues, and minor intermittent static, nothing compared to your LP's.

Get over the "static" cry babies. these recordings will never skip or get stuck in the groove repeating the samething over and over until you lift the tone arm off the damn thing.

So get real. The recording isn't perfect, BUT the performance is! And that is what COUNTS!

The "static" that other reviewers are referring to reminds me of the "FM Stereo" static we'd encounter back in the 70's when we were too far away from the radio signal...not a big deal, it happens occasionally in this recording. No big deal.

The static is like you'd encounter it on your FM radio. If you didn't get up and push the FM Stereo "mute" button on the receiver you got static in stereo. Like it is here. So what?

The static kind-a-brings back memories of the underground FM broadcast radio stations in NYC that would broadcast THE GRATEFUL DEAD bootleg albums back in the late 60's and early 70's.

The show is April 71, Garcia's sound is incredible...HELLO??? Anyone there? Come in, over? DOWNLOAD THIS SHOW NOW! Don't be a BOZO!

What are you thinking? Listen to "China Cat Sunflower/IKYR",and Sugar Magnolia before you pass this show up, sheesh!

Don't miss this performance of CCS/IKYR. Listen to it, it's amazing. NO "AAA" on CCS/IKYR.

Be kind and forgiving to the minor audio blemishes. Their attacks are infrequent and harmless. Known to audiophiles as "AAA". Authentic Audio Anomalies.

The boys are truely making history on stage this night. Magic is being made and recorded for eternity, and here it is for your ears to indulge in...bathe your mind in some of the best music ever performed in the world. Made in the USA by American musicians. The world could not produce THE GRATEFUL DEAD in 2,000 years, but the USA did in it in less than 200 years. These boys are really something.

Static, distortion, and hot levels, from time to time do plague this recording, but so what? It's a LIVE RECORDING OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD in 1971 get over it.

Be thankful it's here and they are throwing these crumbs to us dogs.

China Cat/IKYR and Sugar Magnolia are truely amazing and right up there with the 10-04-70 versions.

Wharf Rat has the worse static interference, and its not bad at all.

Hard To Handle is 11:08 long and is as good as the 04-26-71 version. I never thought I'd say that...

This show is played with perfection. THE GRATEFUL DEAD at their best. If it get's better than this, its got to be a felony in all 50 states.

So the recording is not perfect, but what is? The Hippies did their best and I am thankful for that.

It wasn't just the kool-aid you know?...These guys could really play for BIG $$$...

Add this show to your collection if you know what is good for you...

Eat, drink, be merry and listen to THE GRATEFUL DEAD.


Reviewer: jammy - favorite - November 1, 2005
Subject: static ruins it for me
Can't listen to this again. That static ruins it. I love 1971, but will listen to other shows and not this one. The music and playing are very good but that noise is like fingernails on a chalkboard. First set ok, but the static picks up from cryptical onward. Also some distortion on the vocals as noted below. Why bother when so many other good shows with much better sound?
Reviewer: crypticalother1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2005
Subject: great show
ok, right from the start, static, true...A bit annoying, but the band is really on...Birdsong is not what we have all came to know and love...still getting on it's feet you know. Bobby turned up a bit too much. Especially during Sunshine Daydream...hard to listen to.
Cryptical melts...good time for the dead.
Reviewer: DEADMAN.WALKING - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2005
Subject: Announcer?
Great 71 show, incredible find! I believe the announcer was the Dead's Promoter at the time, Mr John Culter, who I believe the Band met through the stones earlier in the year.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2005
Subject: During the Dead's career there were peaks and valleys - this is a peak
There is some annoying static in the right channel let me get that right out of the way - that said, this is a really hot show one of the first bird songs, hot china>rider, epic other one and as I said there were times they really played hard relative to other points in the long history of the band - they played with alot of soul here, sadly did not play second that emotion much... Enjoy the whole second set!
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2005
Subject: hot '71 spring tour
The '71 spring tour is legendary for many reasons, not the least of which is the killer Fillmore East run. This show seems to have popped up out of nowhere. I wasn't aware of it's existance on tape until I found it here. The boys seem to get better and better as the tour works it's way to the Fillmore. Great versions of standard '71 fare here and very nice sound quality.
Reviewer: TheDead6595 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2005
Subject: Question
Was that Mick Jagger introducing the band?
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2005
Subject: Don't Miss This!
Up until recently, I hadn't heard much of these mid-April shows, except for 4/18 which circulated pretty widely and others in bits and pieces. Now with LAMA on the bus, I'm getting to re-evaluate some of these never heard shows. With the great shows on April 4,6 and 8 bookended with 4/28 and 4/29 on the other end, these have some hard competition. Many of these are just flat out BOOGIE shows, 4/17 and 4/21 being great examples. But this show really spans more of the broad spectrum of Dead sounds in 1971, much like 4/28 with everything from a spaced-out Other One to a funky Hard To Handle, and lots in between!

Both Bird Song and Wharf Rat are now finding their way to becoming the longer jammed versions of 1972 and 1973 here (12 minutes and 11 minutes respectively) and the Second That Emotion is delivered with greasy gusto.
I was a bit disappointed to see that Dead Base was mistaken in that there is in fact no Dark Star. But after I heard the Other One, and a bowl of Cheerios, I had forgotten all about it! Bill's solo is a powereful lead-in, and then they proceed to blast Lewisburg into the 4th diminsion! 16 minutes of fire and fury, with
Jerry soaring on the wah wah, with some spacy Dark Star sparkles in between the rushes. Almost hints at some longer and more evolved Other Ones to come later in 71, and even the Europe 72 versions.
Some mild distortion in one channel, but it didn't get in the way of pure pleasure. A solid show.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: cowculator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2005
Subject: grateful for the dead
I was at this show.
Garcia palyed with the New Riders from 8:15 until 10:30.
The Dead came on at 11:00 and were still playing when we left at 3:30.
I've seen Garcia, the Dead and and Weir and Lesh many times since then, but I have to say this is the best Dead show I was to.
The show is wonderful but heck I was there so take anything I say with a grain of salt Cause I was 16.
Sparsely attended (300-400?).
And a special HEY! to the guy from New Jersey who was the walking pharmacy.

Reviewer: JohneBe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2004
Subject: Very nice
Quick note - excellent feel to the group dynamic in the couple of tracks I've listened to. Tight jamming. Sound quality is decent(+) with some wavering. Very special China/Rider transition and jams.
Whoever posted the playlists for these made some pretty major mistakes. This show starts with Trucking.
Reviewer: JohneBe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2004
Subject: Very nice
Quick note - excellent feel to the group dynamic in the couple of tracks I've listened to. Tight jamming. Sound quality is decent(+) with some wavering. Very special China/Rider transition and jams.
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